We spend months of our lives talking about all these “guitar magazine” kind of discussions, who’s the best guitar player and his sweep picking. The notion of sweeping (or raking) the pick across the strings to produce Fusion maestro Frank Gambale is widely considered to be the most. If Frank Gambale were a DC Comics hero, he would surely have a big S on his chest. But that S would not stand for Superman. (That’s taken.

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The final bar is based on the A harmonic minor scale A B C E D F G and incorporates economy picking when traveling from the fifth string to the fourth.


Jazz players from the Fifties, such as Les Paul, Barney Kessel and Tal Farlow, would use the approach in their improvisations, and country guitar genius Chet Atkins was known to eschew his signature fingerstyle hybrid-picking technique from time to time and rip out swedp arpeggios, proving that the technique is not genre specific.

Something with a thickness between one and two millimeters and a rounded tip will provide the right amount of attack and still glide over the strings with ease. Every three notes your seep will change direction. Keep your fingers flat against the two-string groups, and transfer pressure between strings using a rolling action to mute inactive strings and prevent notes from ringing together.

This example is reminiscent of players such as Jason Becker and Jeff Loomis. The phrasing here is 16th-note quintuplets five notes per beat. Use a modern tube amp with the gain set to a moderate amount—just enough to give all the notes a uniform volume and sustain, but not so much that string muting becomes an impossible battle. Gambale explains his approach wonderfully in his instructional video, Monster Licks and Speed Picking.

Remember, sweep picking is most effective when each note is cleanly separated from the last, so aim to have only one finger in contact with the fretboard at a time in order to keep the notes pickinf ringing together.


It is also the aspect that will take the most practice to master. When it comes to sweep picking, muting is the key to cleanliness. Pay special attention to the picking directions in both the ascending and descending fragments. If you have problems with string muting or note separation, apply some light palm muting to the notes as they are picked.

The second part of the piece has a more neoclassical approach and begins with gambxle Yngwie-style three-string triads incorporating pull-offs. Bar 12 is the trickiest part of the piece to play and utilizes some Jason Becker—inspired six-string shapes.

Be sure to follow the indicated picking directions.

Once again, if you focus on nailing the highest and lowest notes along with the swefp, the in-between notes should automatically fall into place. Concentrate on the general down-up motion of your picking hand rather than each pick stroke.

The thickness and sharpness of your pick will hugely impact the tone of your sweep picking. The descending section includes a pull-off on the high E string, which, although momentarily disruptive to your picking, is preferable to adding another downstroke. This is quite challenging for the picking hand, so start very slowly and remember to keep the hand moving smoothly.

Originally released init remains a must-watch video for anyone interested in developing a smooth sweep-picking technique. Attempting to emulate on his Fender Stratocaster the fluid, breathtaking passages Paganini would compose and play on violin, Malmsteen concluded that sweep picking was swerp perfect way to travel quickly from string to string with a smooth, fluid sound much like what a violinist can create with his bow.

The Bm7b5 B D F A arpeggio in bar 4 has a series of three-string sweeps combined with some challenging string skips. This major triad shape is an essential part of the Yngwie Malmsteen school of sweeping. This piece is in the key gabale A minor. If you fail to do swee; and allow notes on adjacent strings to ring together, it will negate the desired effect and sound like you are simply strumming a chord.


The alternating eighth-note triplet and quarter-note phrasing allows you to focus on the picking pattern gamvale small bursts and then rest for a beat. This essentially means that when you play a scale, there will be a two-string mini-sweep whenever you move to an adjacent string. Focus on synchronizing your aweep so that your pick and fretting fingers make contact with the string at exactly the same moment.

Get the Tone In seeep, this technique is best suited to Strat-style guitars, using the neck pickup setting for a warm, round tone. These are shown in one position and based on one chord type each, thus focusing your attention on the exercise until you have become accustomed to the technique.

It was Stockholm, Sweden, however that would produce the name most synonymous with sweeping in a rock context, one that gave rise to a guitar movement known as neoclassical heavy metal. Here we utilize two-string sweeps with pentatonic shapes.

Sweep Picking lesson from Frank Gambale – Veojam

Economy picking requires that your pick take the shortest journey possible when crossing from string to string.

The pickimg set of sweeo exercises handles some common sweep-picking approaches. The first five exercises in this lesson are designed to give you a systematic approach to practicing the component movements of sweep picking: Only one string should be fretted at any time this is key! This is an effective way to improve note clarity. Next come some A minor triads A C Eplayed with a progressively increasing number of strings; this is a great way to build your confidence in sweep picking larger shapes.